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Ms. Orzala Ahshraf Nemat – More than a Leader

Without even thinking about how I am going to structure my blog, how I am going to write it, this time I just want to straight away come to the point that it was by far the most inspiring, the most hard hitting and the most thought provoking sessions I have attended in recent times. Not because of the seriousness and the criticality of the issue being discussed, but because of the story that lies behind an unseen and hard to experience/imagine life.

I am specifically talking about this session today as it just left me awestruck and demanding for more from Ms. Orzala Ahshraf Nemat. A lady who not only is a successful leader in bringing a change in women's lives in hard terrains of war struck Afghanistan but also is a responsible sister, a positive thinker, a visionary and an ardent believer in hope. The simplicity by which she presented her life story made me feel as if I was in Afghanistan for those 2 hours. More than the visuals in her presentation, it was her courage, the conviction in her voice and her confidence that just made me glued to her presence. I don't want to discuss her life story here as this page is far short to describe her achievements as a person. She according to me is an example of how people, who suffer from hardships and hardships, without being responsible for any act of crime or wrong doing, still think positive and chooses a path of hope instead of getting into extremes. The session was so gripping, that for a moment, even our camera man (who was shooting the meet), forgot that he needs to capture the meet and not listen to the speaker. I think I need to write more on Ms. Nemat which I will definitely do later in my further blogs.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Adam C Bird (Director, Mckinsey & Company), comprehensively discussed his life story and touched on the aspects of digital society. Apart from that another very interesting and inspiring session was that of Mr. Christian Wenk (Chief Mediical Officer, Schweizer Paraplegiker-Zentrum) who talked about how despite being physically disable, a person can achieve anything he or she wants. The core point in his session was not to discuss disabilities but to discuss "the abilities" of the people who are termed or viewed in a wrong way by people like us. In my view the title of the session should be "The abilities and the society" rather than "disabilities". In the last session Mr. Javier Garcia Martinez from Spain (Co-founder, Director of Rive Technology) enlightened us with the concept of Nano-technology and how it can be used effectively to address various environmental problems that we are facing today.

In the end I can say that the words and the story of Ms. Nemat are still fresh in my mind and will definitely act as a positive guiding force in various phases of my life. Here is one leader (in fact more than that); I definitely want to look forward to. Simply WOW!!


Dance 4 life …

The 2nd day of YGL (Young Global leaders) meet presented different shades of entrepreneurship. The one session which really impressed me was "Dance 4 life". I'll come to that later.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Henrik Naujoks (Director, Bain & company) talked about an extension of "Philanthropy" in his topic, "Managing Social Change". He comprehensively detailed us about Principles of sustained social value creation.

In the 2nd session, what I experienced was how cool, carefree and modest, a person can be when Mr. Yair Goldfinger (Co-founder & chief technology officer, DOTOMI) took over the stage. He was simply amazing, of the fact, that he started of by saying "I am having no presentation with me as I am highly disorganized". I immediately related to him as I am the same. But I knew that this person will not boast of a crisp suiting and shirting, but of a crisp mind & practicality. And there he was, engrossing us with his inspiring life story and briefing us with changing digital media. The learning from this session was highly personalized. Whether one needs to expose one's personal details open to the world in order to get personalized services or sit in privacy and follow what the world is doing. Interesting session I must say.

Last but not the least, as I mentioned earlier, "Dance 4 life". The session actually made me tap my feet in rhythm when Mr. Dennis Karpes (Founder, Dance 4 life), through his really glossy and different presentation, briefed us about this dream project. It works towards spreading awareness on HIV through the medium of dance. It was fascinating to see such a brilliant concept on a global level which educates the teenagers worldwide about this serious issue in an entertaining and lively way. The optimism of Mr. Karpes was clear in his choice of words when he told us why he named the project "Dance 4 life" instead of "Dance against HIV". I must say that, in this YGL meet, my knowledge horizons are expanding, not in a way I learn, but the way I think. I am sure it'll continue in the next 3 days.


The Amazing “New Philanthropy”

So guys, as expected, the annual YGL (Young Global Leaders) meet gets off to rollicking start at the EBS schloss campus. Amidst warm weather and lovely globe printed balloons, it was great to listen to the opening session of Dr. Christopher Jahns, the President/CEO of EBS. I wasn't aware that he himself was a YGL at May 2009 summit at Jordan. In his unique polite and charming way, he briefed us about the agenda for the next 4 days and also enlightened us with the actual purpose of this meet.

Next in the offering was an altogether unique concept of "New Philanthropy" presented by Ms. Felicitas Von Peter (Founder and managing partner of Active Philanthropy, a charitable organization set up in 2006). Personally speaking the topic was new to me and completely engrossed me from the word 'Go'. Just for your understanding "Philanthropy" in its usual terms is defined as the love for mankind and the one?s willingness to selflessly help the needies. The innovative case study method (which I am happy that my team performed well in) helped us in understanding the difference between traditional and new methods of Philanthropy and it was striking to learn that one's love for social causes and towards mankind, can now actually be converted into a full fledged business model which not only help serve the global human causes effectively but also provides sound financial returns to the investors. I was impressed by the practical examples (specially the term 'Mission Connect Investing' and the example given of Mr. Bill gates). Ms. Peter clearly brought out the difference between introducing new business concepts with respect to present world market dynamics and at the same time maintaining the honesty and the selflessness towards the causes you have taken up.

In the end, I can say that with such unheard and unseen business phenomenon experienced on the very first day itself, this YGL meet has a lot to offer at every stage in the coming days. Keep checking this space for daily updates.



Hello everybody,

I am the new blogger and would like to first introduce myself: My name is Vikram Mehta. I hail from the city of New Delhi in India. I am an electronics & instrumentation engineer by background. Post graduation I worked in the energy sector with Siemens for 3 years and Emerson for 2 years. Presently pursuing MBA from EBS, Germany, in ‘Global Operations’. Post MBA, I wish to work again in the energy domain (Operations). I am an ardent film script/screenplay writer and my other hobbies include playing cricket and soccer with my friends.

In this week, I’ll write about the first YGL curriculum (10. - 14. January) – as part of the Master degree program and in cooperation with selected Young Global Leaders, which takes place at the EBS Business School. I wish to summarize my experiences in this blog.


Global Consulting Project

Global Consulting Project is a five credit module offered to the EBS full-time MBA students. This is a compulsory MBA module. It consists of two parts: one is the Project Management course and the other is the consulting project itself, with a company. The whole idea of the course is to give us a first-hand experience of handling and doing a project from its start to the end with European companies.

The first course, Project Management, is conducted in the first semester to teach various project management tools and methodologies which students can use while doing project work. Organizational details of the project happen toward the end of the first semester. During this time we have multiple companies coming to campus to introduce their projects to the students. Students then have to form a team and choose their most interesting project. They then start working on the project from the start of the second semester.

In the very first week of the second semester students are to come up with the project plan and are expected to have made the first contact with the company to agree on the timeline and responsibilities, among many other aspects of the project. From January – April, students have four months to work on and complete their project. There are several milestones in between and multiple meetings with the project steering board (EBS) and/or the company to review progress. At the end of April, students are to give a final presentation to the company present the final solution of the project. Students also write a report on the project work based on their results and what they have learned.

The good thing about this course is that this is, for most of the students, the first time working in Germany and Europe. The experience is really wonderful and helps students in getting internships and fulltime jobs, when the time arises.

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